The Great Intel Switch: What it Means

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Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2005, 14:53
Category: Hardware

After reviewing Steve Jobs’ keynote and reading a lot on-line about “The Great Intel Switch of 2005,” I thought some clarification needed to be made in regard to Apple’s strategy. The media has been alluding to fallacies and misconceptions that many are taking out of context. Maybe this observation will help clear the air. Read More…

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PowerBook G5 Leak a Likely Spoof

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Date: Monday, June 6th, 2005, 09:16
Category: Hardware, PowerBook G5

Apple PowerBook G5 MockupGizmodo’s story Powerbook G5 Next Tuesday? appears to be a hoax. What? You expect Apple to switch to Intel chips AND the announce the PowerBook G5 at one show? Not likely kids, think January :) Read more…

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Intel Chips Most Benefit Apple Portables

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Date: Sunday, June 5th, 2005, 18:13
Category: Hardware

There’s been a lot of discussion about Apple’s announcement yesterday that they’re switching to Intel chips. I tend to agree with a post by Ted Leung that the switch to Intel chips will most benefit Apple’s PowerBook lineup. Read More…

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Apple Settles iPod Battery Lawsuit

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Date: Friday, June 3rd, 2005, 14:31
Category: Hardware, iPod

Apple, iPod Users Reach a Settlement Over Faulty Batteries – WSJ Online:

Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod portable-music player is a cultural icon beloved by music fans, save for one flaw: The rechargeable but nonreplaceable batteries in many early models didn’t last nearly as long as advertised, leaving some consumers fuming.
Now, Apple has effectively acknowledged the flaw, by agreeing to replace some iPods and give other consumers up to $50 in cash or credit on Apple purchases. The offer is part of a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit in San Mateo County, Calif.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs in the case estimates that the settlement may apply to as many as two million iPods sold before May 31, 2004. That means the settlement, which still needs to be approved by a judge, could cost Apple as much as $100 million.

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PowerBook Recycling: iTunes Jukebox

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Date: Tuesday, May 31st, 2005, 07:25
Category: Hardware

Lombard PowerBook JukeboxRemember our query about what to do with a legacy PowerBook? PowerPage reader Henri came up with a great suggestion: he’s using an old Lombard as an iTunes jukebox connected to his stereo and TV. “Works like a charm!”

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Nokia to Bring Back the Web Tablet

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Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2005, 14:15
Category: Hardware

Nokia 770 Internet TabletOn Wednesday Nokia announced that they have created a new communication device, but it?s not a cell phone. It?s a portable, web-surfing device that looks more like a landscape based PDA. They call it the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. Read more…

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Skeleton iBook: More Mac Nudity

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Date: Tuesday, May 24th, 2005, 05:57
Category: Hardware, iBook

Skeleton (Clear) iBookFollowing-up on last week’s Mac Porn feature on the nude iBook, my favorite Mac hacker, Kodawarisan, has posted some pictures of his “Skeleton iBook,” an iBook with a clear enclosure.

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PalmOne Announces LifeDrive HDD PDA

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2005, 12:07
Category: Hardware, PDA

PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile ManagerJust when you might have considered Palm down for the count they breathe new life into the PDA with a hard drive-based device called LifeDrive MobileManager (US$499). The LifeDrive is the first HDD-based Palm and features a 4GB hard drive, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity and high resolution screen, this device is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Read more…

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MCE Ships 8X Double-Layer SuperDrive for iBook G4

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2005, 12:42
Category: Hardware

MCE Technologies, LLC (MCE) today announced an 8X DVD-Recordable slot-loading internal SuperDrive upgrade for both the 12-inch and 14-inch Apple iBook G4. In addition to recording to both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW media at up to 8X speed, the MCE 8X SuperDrive includes Double Layer (also called Dual Layer) support and can record up to 8.5GB of information at up to 2.4X speed on a single side of DVD+R Double Layer media. The MCE 8X SuperDrive upgrade with Double Layer support is available for immediate delivery. US$199.

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Battery Powered Mac mini Goodness

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Date: Saturday, May 14th, 2005, 19:08
Category: Hardware

Battery Powered Mac miniSilas Bennett: The gist of the article linked to by the DWN was that Alex Perry got to wondering how much power his Linksys switch was sucking down whilst running 24/7, and found that his Manga, an ARM based router box, not only consumed less power but was able to run full blown Debian to boot. His point was “If I am going to pay to have a switch run 24/7, I might as well have the switch be a useful server as well.” Following his article the PepLink community promptly got X11 working on the Manga and Alex’s website was updated with the screen shots, which I might add are quite amusing. While I do sympathize with the original thrust of the article, I must say that the Manga’s ARM is a rather diminutive processor for a desktop machine these days. So my question is why would you run a Manga as a desktop to get down to the 3 Watt mark when for just a few more Watts you can run a box with a G4 processor? Yes, I am talking about that little machine that all of my geek friends (me included) seem to be drooling over as of late. The Mac Mini!
To find out how Silas got his Mac mini to run off a self-contained battery pack check out his site. (Thanks HackaDay).

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